We all grew up seeing these fruits around the corner of the street, but did you know their English names?
Some fruits that originated in West Africa were either given a traditional name or an invented name. You
probably didn't know the real names of these popular Nigerian fruits.
These are five of the most common fruits and their botanical or English names.
1. Black Velvet Tamarind
This fruit is commonly known in Nigeria as Icheku (Igbo), Awin (Yoruba) and Tsamiyar kurm (Hausa). It is also known among children as "lickie lickie".
2. Tropical Almonds
3. Rose Apple
This rose apple is commonly referred to as "Local Apple".
4. African Star Apple
You would be more successful finding this fruit in Nigeria if you call it Agbalumo (Yoruba) or Udara (Igbo). Some people also call it "African Cherry".
5. Tiger nuts
This fruit is popularly known as Aki Hausa in the Southeast, Aya in the North and Ofio in the Southwest. The name "Tiger nut" is gradually becoming popular amongst Nigerians though.